Plants, Curiosities & The Natural World with Designer/Photographer Ines Stuart-Davidson
Episode 5. Ever heard of terpenes or a Desert Rose Selenite? Well, you’re in for a treat!
Ines Stuart-Davidson has a love of curiosities and the wonders of the natural world. In this episode you’ll hear her get down and dirty with plants as she talks about photography techniques. And you may even add some new lingo to your vocabulary. Plants play an important role in her work life too. Ines designs a broad range of creative work for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – otherwise known as the ever-amazing Kew Gardens.
Make sure the light is just right. On a bright day “everything just glows” and you can’t capture the actual colours of a plant. Best times for nature photography are early in the morning, when it’s overcast, during golden hour or even later on in the evening.
Get down and dirty. Try shooting on the same level as the plants. Or focus on a different vantage point and capture the surrounding architecture. Try something new! See if you can develop your own style of plant photography.
Mirror Lab is an Android app to help you creatively enhance your images.
The Benefits of Creative Limitations:
Sometimes it helps to have a brief. Next time you go out for some nature photography, try shooting with a theme. How about focusing on fungi or honing in on those detailed macro shots? By creatively limiting yourself, you can test your skills and come up with innovative, often unexpected results.
Give group photography a try. Whether you all go out and shoot with the same theme or explore your own ideas, you’re bound to come away inspired.
Push yourself and expand your creative horizons.
Take Time for Yourself
Whether, like Ines, you take time to discover your “reason for being” through the Japanese practice of Ikigai or delve deeper into the philosophy of Stoicism, remember to take time for yourself today… and every day.